Lady Panthers looks to secure state volleyball tournament berth Saturday |

Lady Panthers looks to secure state volleyball tournament berth Saturday

Middle Park’s lady Panthers volleyball squad will continue their march towards a potential state title this weekend as the girls from Granby host one of 12 regional volleyball tournaments.

This Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. in the Middle Park High School gymnasium, the lady Panthers will look to secure a spot in Colorado’s annual state championship tournament. Middle Park is currently seeded 11th out of 36 teams in the state for regionals. During regionals the lady Panthers will take on the tournament’s 14th seed, the Englewood lady Pirates. They will also be competing against the 26th seed in the tournament, the Broomfield based Prospect Ridge Academy.

Volleyball action starts at 11 a.m. as the Panthers take to the court against Prospect Ridge. At approximately 12:30 p.m. Prospect Ridge is expected to square off against Englewood. At around 2 p.m. the Panthers will return to the hardwood for their final game of the day against Englewood.

The winner of the round robin tournament will secure one of 12 spots at the upcoming state championship tournament, scheduled Nov. 8, 9 and 10. For the other two teams, who will not advance to the state tournament next week, this Saturday’s volleyball action will mark the end of the 2018 season.

The Panther girls have been on a tear throughout most of the late season, going undefeated from Sept. 11 through Oct. 27. Overall the Panthers have a 17-5 record including an undefeated league record. The girls swept the recent Frontier League Championships, held in Granby, and went 3-1 in the Heart of the Rockies Invitational, losing only to the Centauri lady Falcons from La Jara.

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